A few years back, France encountered its first problems with Creationism in the Muslim immigrant population.
Catholicism didn’t cause any problems since it essentially endorses proven science, including evolution. The French were left unprepared for a fundamentalist attack on Darwinism.
This has now spread to the US. A Turkish author challenges the idea of biological Darwinism.
The principal argument of “Atlas of Creation,” advanced in page after page of stunning photographs of fossil plants, insects and animals, is that creatures living today are just like creatures that lived in the fossil past. Ergo, Mr. Yahya writes, evolution must be impossible, illusory, a lie, a deception or “a theory in crisis.”
It is, of course, stupid.
He said people who had received copies were “just astounded at its size and production values and equally astonished at what a load of crap it is.
“If he sees a picture of an old fossil crab or something, he says, ‘See, it looks just like a regular crab, there’s no evolution,’ ” Dr. Padian said. “Extinction does not seem to bother him. He does not really have any sense of what we know about how things change through time.”
Unlike Protestant Creationism, the Islamic version has a deeper political bent. They are not just disputing a narrow field of science and education curriculums, they are challenging the total idea of science and Westernism.
Dr. Miller agreed. He said he regularly received e-mail messages from people questioning evolution, with an increasing number coming from Turkey, Lebanon and other areas in the Middle East, most citing Mr. Yahya’s work.
That’s troubling, he said, because Mr. Yahya’s ideas “cast evolution as part of the corrupting influence of the West on Islamic culture, and that promotes a profound anti-science attitude that is certainly not going to help the Islamic world catch up to the West.”
I recall hearing that this book borrows a lot of ideas from Protestant Creationists. So globalization also spreads stupid ideas.
In France, the books have been distributed among the poorer immigrant community to influence the Muslim youths. It fosters distrust of “Westernism”, and discourages careers in science.
It’s also repulsive because it is stupid.